Often Gonzalo, the veggie and fruit vendor, has raw peanuts for sale. We love hot Georgia style boiled peanuts and today he had bags and bags of them ready for me to cook up.
Georgia Style Boiled Peanuts
2 pounds of raw unshelled peanuts
enough fresh water to cover the peanuts completely plus 2 inches more
1/2 cup sea salt (do not use the salt with fluoride added)
2 tablespoons mesquite seasoning or other seasoning mix could be Old Bay or your special blend
1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes
Wash the peanuts until the water runs clear. Peanuts are covered in mud and need to be cleaned well, scrub them together with your hands and flush several times with water. Add peanuts, water to cover and spices to your pot and put on to boil. It can take several hours of boiling but check after 1 1/2 hours and see if the peanuts are soft. Mine were done in 1 1/2 hours.
Drain and go crazy. They are wonderful especially still warm.
The local salt that you buy at SuperMaxi or Hipermart contains fluoride. I am not happy to have extra additives in our table salt and have searched for sea salt for ages. In the meantime I have made my own by getting sea water and boiling it down until all you have left is salt. This is a time-consuming job and after boiling down 1 gal of sea water you get about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of salt.
A few days ago my neighbor Ivan was going into Charapoto and I hitched a ride looking for some good potting soil and DMSO at the local veterinarian store. I found that the veterinarian doctora had never heard of DMSO and the place where you can buy soil was closed. But on the way back to San Clemente I struck gold…sea salt. Our neighbors call it sal grueso or chunky salt.
A huge bag looked to be 75 pounds was selling for $5. It will take us forever to use that much salt so I asked for two dollars worth and honestly it looks to be around 40 pounds.